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“Fringe” The entire episode, once again, could have been dealt with in a five minute webisode: Fauxlivia is pregnant and Peter is the father; Walternet recognizes limits (he won’t do cortexaphan trials on children).

“Supernatural” Rather underwhelming, all things considered–although the monster of the week (some sort of spider) was clearly from Purgatory. Next week’s episode looks great: Raphael sends someone to kill Castiel. Balthazar, wanting to protect Sam and Dean, send them to an alternate reality (common motif, it seems, among angels) where they are actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles starring in a show called “Supernatural” playing, respectively, Sam and Dean Winchester. Obviously, Ruby is married to Jared (true) and Castiel is a twitter-freak (also true). As a general rule, I don’t like mannequins, so I expect to be terrified of this week’s episode.

“Luther” The series started off rather slowly (c.f., “Episodes,” “Bored to Death,” etc), but got better as it went along. I didn’t really understand the plot of the final two episodes: suddenly his friend goes completely insane and kills Ilsa Pucci and tries to frame Stringer for the murder? A bit odd, but better than most police-style shows.

“Human Target” Obviously, he had to get Ilsa’s Pucci–gross. Liked him better when he had a string of central American revolutionary almost-wives. I don’t understand why the CIA guy turned on the car.

“Episodes” Generally speaking, I don’t particularly care for any of the characters, but Joey/Matt Le Blanc is hilarious.

“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” Significantly more pornographic this season. I’m not entirely sure why: gay sex, rape, orgies, three-ways… pretty much everything that can be showed on cable is there. I don’t really understand Tullius’ plot where he killed Gaia (but at least she’s dead). I’m not sure how they will resolve the season: at least three people need to die and there are only two episodes left. At the very least, Gannicus, Titus and Tullius need to die. Presumably, Titus will be the first to go, Gannicus to lose in the primus at the opening of the new arena, and Tullius somewhere in between.

“NCIS” I suppose, all things considered, it was one of the better episodes of the season, but that is not saying too much–the previous episodes have been rather lackluster. I was disappointed, given that the FBI were involved, that Fornell did not make an appearance. (I understand there is a Fornell/Ducky and Fornell/Gibbs slash culture out there…) First time in quite a while that the show was self-consciously hilarious, such as when Gibbs told “the team” that they’d “double-team” the minister’s daughter. It seemed rather obvious from the start that the daughter would be complicit in the crime and it was far too heavy-handed to not only show the professor in the opening, but dwell upon his face when the daughter went in to his office: by then it was clear that she was involved in the crime and not actually in any danger–for the professor, of course.


February 17, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. Screencaps! It’s like a whole new level!

    Comment by jms | February 17, 2011

  2. I watched the pilot for Mr. Sunshine, starring Matthew Perry of TV’s Studio 60. While the Alison Janney character has potential, the rest of the show is off to a pretty mediocre start. It weirdly reminded me of David Lynch’s failed follow-up to Twin Peaks, On the Air.

    Perfect Couples, Portlandia, and The Onion News Network are all new shows that I am finding entertaining of late.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | February 17, 2011

  3. i’ve found out that On demand keeps the tv series without my recording anything, so useful
    so i could watch the Archer’s second episode which i thought i missed, just when i start watching TV i fall asleep like in 10-15 min as if getting preconditioned that way
    last year i would start reading some professional related literature and would fall asleep too, so i gave up on reading before sleep cz it’s doubly harmful, getting me disinterested in the important matters and developing a habit to get bored by those, so have to always read the work related things on a clear head from the morning

    Comment by read | February 17, 2011

  4. I rewatched all of Downton Abbey and liked it even better this time around. I really need new television to watch, or at least, new old television to rewatch. I’m thinking about netflixing thirtysomething, but I’m a little afraid it will make me want to kill myself.

    Comment by jms | February 17, 2011

  5. It’s funny, “Episodes” really hasn’t been very good and yet I keep coming back, I think because of Joey/Matt LeBlanc as well. He really is very well used. Stephen Mangan is good as the pathetically weak-willed male but he was better at that in “Free Agents,” which I would recommend to you as one of the underdiscussed British comedies of the decade.

    Comment by RobDP | February 17, 2011

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